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May 12, 2015
Shall we count Finmeccanica out as a bidder for Sikorsky Aircraft? The CEO of AgustaWestland’s parent company, Mauro Moretti, told shareholders meeting yesterday in Rome that Finmeccanica had received “several propositions but was not interested in Sikorsky,” according to the Reuters news agency. Sikorsky...
May 11, 2015
The FAA proposes to fine Air Methods $1.54 million for allegedly operating Airbus EC130 helicopters on dozens of aeromedical flights beyond power-off gliding distance from shore without required aircraft or personal flotation gear. Air Methods has 30 days to respond to the alleged violations of Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs), which the FAA detailed April 13. The Englewood, Colo. company said it is...
May 11, 2015
Gretchen Haskins, CEO of the global offshore helicopter association HeliOffshore commended “inclusion, engagement and delivery” to more than 150 leaders attending the association's Annual Conference and General Meeting yesterday. Speaking at the inaugural HeliOffshore conference, Haskins told industry leaders that, with their commitment and collective might, the offshore helicopter...
May 8, 2015
Russian Helicopters and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have signed a framework agreement to work together on creating an advanced heavy helicopter. Under the agreement, the parties will work on all areas of development and preparation to launch serial production of the new aircraft, named the Advanced Heavy Lift (AHL). The agreement was signed today at the Moscow Kremlin by Alexander MIkheev, CEO of...
May 7, 2015
Bristow Helicopters uses the AgustaWestland AW189 for offshore transport missions, as well as for search and rescue in the U.K. Photo courtesy of Bristow Helicopters With their fates tied to the ever-swinging price of crude oil, helicopter offshore transport operators had a tough year in 2014. Around this time last year, oil sold for more than $100 per barrel. By January, that price had been halved. Though...
May 7, 2015
Columbia Helicopters has hired Santiago Crespo as its new Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. Crespo previously served as Vice President & General Manager of Oil and Gas Aviation at Erickson Incorporated, and will assume his new duties on May 11th. “I am pleased that Santiago has decided to join the Columbia Helicopters family,” said Jim Rankin, company president...
May 6, 2015
CHC Helicopter has announced that Lee Eckert will be succeeding Joan Hooper as Chief Financial Officer effective July 16, 2015. Mr. Eckert was most recently CFO of the $13 billion in sales U.S. division of National Grid Plc., an international energy company listed on the London Stock Exchange and with ADRs trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The appointment of Mr. Eckert...
May 5, 2015
Eveline Bisson has been appointed as Director of Transport Business Services for Metro Aviation, a new position that will allow HEMS customers to consult with a Metro resource to improve their internal business practices, both clinically and financially.   Photo courtesy of Metro Aviation “The Metro family is a diverse community consisting...
May 4, 2015
Erickson Incorporated will release its earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 on Monday, May 11, 2015 after the market closes. Jeff Roberts, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and Eric Struik, the...
May 4, 2015
CHC Group Ltd. has announced today that as of midnight New York City time on May 1, 2015, the expiration date, $20,755,150 aggregate principal amount of outstanding 9.375% Senior Notes due 2021 of CHC Helicopter S.A., its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, had been tendered and not withdrawn in the previously...
May 1, 2015
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced at the Offshore Helicopter Safety Action Group (OHSAG) a new set of proposals aimed at improving the safety of helicopter operations to the 116 normally unattended offshore installations in the North Sea. The proposals build upon an independent report compiled by Cranfield University, commissioned by the CAA, aimed at providing a new strategy for...
April 28, 2015
FlightSafety International has appointed Robert McGahan as Director, Business Development, Government Training and Simulation. Bob will work with a cross-functional team to identify and pursue new business opportunities for government and military training services and flight simulation equipment. Together they will ensure that FlightSafety offers products and services that are in accordance with current...
April 27, 2015
North Pole Investments Inc. of Panama has signed a contract for one AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine and one AW189 super medium helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered by early 2016 and operated by Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia for offshore transport missions in support of the oil and gas industry.   Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland This...
April 24, 2015
Bristow Group Inc. will release financial results for its fiscal year 2015 fourth quarter ended March 31, 2015 after the market closes on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. In conjunction with the release, Bristow has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the...
April 22, 2015
Erickson Incorporated announced today that its subsidiaries comprised of air and maintenance operations are each now certified as Wyvern Wingman Operators. This prestigious designation by Wyvern, Ltd. is awarded to aviation service providers who meet standards for flight and maintenance operations that exceed regulatory...
April 21, 2015
DAC International, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, announced today that it has added Bradley Sutphin as a Regional Sales Manager. Mr. Sutphin will be handling the sales responsibilities for the Midwestern United...
April 20, 2015
April, 15 2015 saw the launch of the first AgustaWestland conference to be transmitted by webcast to its worldwide AW139 Customer locations (Canada, United States, UK, Italy, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan and Australia). The AW139 Reliability Data Sharing Group (RDSG) launch event, organized by Product Support Engineering...
April 17, 2015
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has announced the certification by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) of its Rig Approach™ for the S-92® helicopter. Rig Approach is a first-of-its-kind functionality on the S-92 helicopter that provides helicopter operators with an automated approach to offshore rigs and platforms. Rig...
April 15, 2015
Helicopters could regain a key spaceflight role if the United Launch Alliance prevails. The Boeing-Lockheed Martin partnership that provides satellite launches proposes replacing its current Atlas heavy launcher with a new rocket—the Vulcan. The main reason? Cost. All of an Atlas is discarded (once its payload is set free). That’s pricey, and...
April 15, 2015
In an acceptance ceremony held today in Marignane, France, India’s Heritage Aviation received two H125 helicopters for charter and utility missions, with a special focus on pilgrimage heli-tours. The first H125 will arrive in India by the end of the month, followed by the second in early May.   Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters Heritage Aviation has been...
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